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New Zealand to go to economy-focused election on Sept 20

Published on Mar 10, 2014 2:12 PM
 
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key speaks during Trans-Tasman business talks in Sydney on Feb 7, 2014. New Zealand will hold its general election on Sept 20, Mr Key said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP  

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - New Zealand will hold its general election on Sept 20, Prime Minister John Key said on Monday, in a vote that is likely to focus on his centre-right National Party's economic record.

An election for the 120-seat parliament was required by the end of the year, as the government was due to complete its three-year term.

"I'm announcing the election date well in advance as I believe this gives New Zealanders some certainty and is in the country's best interests," Key said.

He said the date was influenced by a Group of 20 summit due to be held in Australia in mid-November, to which New Zealand has been invited to attend as an observer.

 
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